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Welfare rights and responsibilitiesContesting social citizenship$
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Peter Dwyer

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342041

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342041.001.0001

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Citizenship and welfare: principles and practice

Citizenship and welfare: principles and practice

(p.191) 7 Citizenship and welfare: principles and practice
Welfare rights and responsibilities

Peter Dwyer

Policy Press

This concluding chapter addresses several issues related to citizenship and welfare. Initially, it reconsiders the major findings of the study as well as the central themes of welfare provision, conditionality, and membership in light of the empirical findings generated in the analysis of the data. The chapter also includes some other relevant findings from recent studies of citizens' attitudes to welfare. In this way, an attempt is made to take an overview of the opinions offered by the welfare-service users who took part in the research, and to see what their perspectives may have to offer in terms of a more general consideration of citizenship and welfare. Next, the chapter looks at some of the major principles and moral values that the users use when legitimating their views. It then explores the extent to which it may be possible to account for the differing views of users by relating these to the philosophies of liberalism and communitarianism. Finally, the chapter assesses some of the implications that they may have in terms of New Labour's welfare-reform agenda.

Keywords:   New Labour, citizenship, membership, welfare, welfare provision, conditionality, liberalism, communitarianism, welfare reform

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